Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Wind Will Carry Us]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[The Wind Will Carry Us]

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film + video

written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami

This film's photography is striking: arid beauty of vast countryside is juxtaposed with a labyrinthine, multi-tiered Iranian village where one dwelling's roof is another's floor. Unfortunately, the metaphor of confinement - illustrated further when characters dart through alleyways and openings to unlimited space - make for claustrophobic viewing and a tension that is never resolved.

The main character of Kiarostami's award-winning film is known simply as 'the engineer'. He has travelled 450 miles from Tehran to photograph the unique mourning ritual of a remote village. But the plot is kept deliberately vague: we don't learn his purpose until the film's end. He is waiting for a frail elderly woman to die. As the visit stretches from days to weeks, he tires of doing nothing - and we tire of watching him, the film's quirky humour providing insufficient relief from the tedium of his egocentricity. …

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